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Dolly, Google And Original Sin

dollyRemember Dolly?  I do.  I was twenty years old in July of 1996.  Back then, I spent most of my free time smoking marijuana, hiking and recording music in my tiny bedroom studio.  You might say I was on a spiritual quest of sorts (think: Frodo).  So it must have been one evening, feeling more than a little frustrated with the progress I was making on a particular song, when the announcement came across the television that researchers in Scotland had successfully cloned a sheep, named Dolly.  I remember grabbing the first thing I could find and tearing it up- it was my mattress.  Needless to say, I was against cloning.

Ever since, I’ve been trying to understand why I reacted so strongly to the news. My wife jokes with me now, “Don’t go tearing up our mattress” when I get enraged over some bit of disturbing news, and there is a lot of that out there.  Yet, I’ve never quite matched that peak of intensity.  I haven’t become desensitized, just more tempered.  If not, this blog would be full of insane ranting, and there is a lot of that out there, too.  It wasn’t so much a reaction to Dolly herself, I’m sure she was a very pleasant sheep, completely oblivious of her artificial conception, it was the realization that if they could now clone sheep, soon they would move to clone human beings.  In fact, since Dolly, scientists have been successful at cloning other mammals, like horses and bulls and it is fairly routine now for scientists to experiment with chimeras, or creatures made up of elements from more than one species.  For example, mice with human brain cells or pigs with human blood, all in the name of advancing science and medicine.  Surely somewhere, somebody, in a top-secret lab, is experimenting with human cloning right now.  Human curiosity, especially under the manipulation of unscrupulous benefactors, frequently outstrips our sense of morals, with unforeseen, sometimes grave consequences.

There seemed to be a buzzing in the air
The barnyard creatures settled off to bed
All at once they heard the sound
Soft vibration filled the ground
Now it came as they were sleeping

Now the magic science knife
Is cutting up the molecules of gold
Now the magic scientists
Patching up the fabric of the soul
A slip of the coil

From “Clone” by The Meat Puppets [2009]

The line, “a slip of the coil” from the Meat Puppets’ song “Clone” might be referring to the double-helix structure of DNA, with the “slip” forcasting a mistake.  Knowing the Meat Puppets, it could also mean nothing at all.  But the message seems clear enough; science is continually unveiling a universe so complex in its simplicity that we would be foolish to assume we understand any of it, much less seek to control it.

I can’t help but be reminded of the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.  We all know it.  Is this not like eating from the forbidden tree?  In the book of Genesis, Satan appears to Eve and lies:

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

[Genesis 3:4-5]

In the Qur’an, the story of Adam and Eve is similar, except that Satan claims Adam and Eve would become like the angels or immortal by eating from the tree which God forbade:

Then began Satan to whisper suggestions to them, bringing openly before their minds all their shame that was hidden from them (before): he said: “Your Lord only forbade you this tree, lest ye should become angels or such beings as live for ever.”

[Al-‘A`raf 7:20]

It is understood that “bringing openly before their minds all their shame that was hidden from them” means their reproductive parts were revealed to them.  In fact, some versions of the Qur’an translate the Arabic as such.  Might we speculate that becoming aware of their private parts, while causing them to feel shy for the first time, also made them aware of their mortality?  Angels are immortal spirit beings whom God created prior to creating human beings.  They do not possess reproductive parts because they do not need them.  I’m not a religious scholar, but perhaps the shame came not from modesty about their nakedness, or guilt from their disobedience to God, but from knowledge of their inferiority to the angels and Satan (who is not a fallen angel in Islam, but another being called a jinn, made from fire).  In the Islamic account of creation, Satan would not bow down to mankind, whom he considered lesser beings, made of clay, more akin to the animals and susceptible to instinctual drives.  He was jealous of Adam and Eve and vowed to lead them astray.  Part of Satan’s strategy was to make humans feel lowly and then manipulate them though their desires.  Yes, first he damaged their self-esteem, then through careful persuasion along the way, caused them to choose bad relationships and ruin their lives- sound familiar?

In both religious texts, it is recorded that Adam and Eve became ashamed of their nakedness- of their humanness- by listening to Satan and responded to their new awareness by covering themselves.  So, while Islam places no more blame on Eve than Adam and there is no concept of original sin from which a redeemer is needed to free us, it is clear that in Abrahamic thought, evil has its origin in Satan’s defiance of God and his mission to disgrace God’s favorite creation- us.  The creation story is an allegory of the human condition.  Our very existence, at times, seems like an experiment dreamt up in heaven.  Our moral struggles are reflective of a greater struggle going on in the spirit world.  Regardless of your religious tradition, there is a mystical truth concealed here that binds all of humanity together.

It is also taught that Satan is a deceiver.  Christians say that Satan disguises himself as an “angel of light.”  To shed light is to illuminate, to give knowledge.  And who has made “Don’t be evil” their motto?  Google of course; the same company that seeks to create artificial intelligence that will “be like the mind of God”; the same company that recently appointed Ray Kurzweil, the renowned trans-humanist, as their director of engineering.   As a proponent of trans-humanism, Kurzweil believes that we can transcend our own humanity by controlling the aging process:

“We have the means right now to live long enough to live forever. Existing knowledge can be aggressively applied to dramatically slow down aging processes so we can still be in vital health when the more radical life extending therapies from biotechnology and nanotechnology become available.”

– Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity Is Near

The September 30, 2013 issue of Time Magazine featured the cover story: Can Google Solve Death?  In it, the article discusses Calico, Google’s new venture into life-extension technology.  Trans-humanists believe human beings can, through the aid of technology, control our own evolution.  They envision a time where human beings merge with technology, becoming post-human, essentially a new species.  If that doesn’t disturb you, then perhaps the announcement that Google has acquired Boston Dynamics will. Boston Dynamics is an engineering and robotics firm which sprouted from MIT in the early nineties.  It is the eighth robotics company Google has snatched up in recent months.  With funding from the Defense Advanced  Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Boston Dynamics has developed some of the most advanced robots and AI software in the world, much of it for military use.  For example, BigDog is a quadrupedal robot meant to accompany soldiers in battle.  It is capable of carrying up to 340 lbs. of gear while traveling at 4 mph.  Atlas is a six-foot-tall humanoid robot designed to cover rough terrain and assist in search-and-rescue operations.  Google’s emerging robotics division is being overseen by Andy Rubin, the executive responsible for the development of Android, the world’s most widely used smartphone software.  Regarding Google’s acquisition of his company, Boston Dynamics founder Dr. Marc Raibert said in a recent New York Times article, “I am excited by Andy and Google’s ability to think very, very big… with the resources to make it happen.”  The internet giant has been suspiciously quiet about what it has in the works, however.

I think I’m on the brink of another “Dolly” moment.  Trans-humanists and proponents of a world increasingly reliant on technology might refer to me as a Neo-Luddite, because of my resistance to these sorts of “advancements”.  Well, sticks and stones.  I’m not against scientific reasoning or human advancement, but with each scientific endeavor, should we not be carefully analyzing our motives, especially considering prior advances in technology which almost always result in more inequality and de-humanization?  Always under the guise of helping people or making life more convenient, technology masquerades as a savior, but really only increases the scope and influence of the power-elite.

I am convinced the true power of human consciousness lies dormant, forgotten.  Only a few enlightened ones throughout history have glimpsed the possibilities of the human mind and have understood our role in the universe.  Technology will never solve the problem of death, because it is not a problem to be solved.  Technology will never succeed at traveling through space or time or contacting alien intelligences, because, these are not puzzles technology can piece together.  I believe we will not advance through better and faster microchips, but through complete freedom from material limitations.  But I’m just One American, what do I know?

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Tagger Flouts Globalist Mantra

drink_waterDuring a recent trip to Walmart, I was delighted by what I read tagged on a Coke machine outside the entrance.  Right below the Walmart slogan, “Save Money.  Live Better.” was the line “Drink Water” in white paint pen.  Hah!  Really, do we save money when we ploink seventy-five cents into a soda machine and get a twelve ounce can of colored, carbonated, caffeinated, sugar-water that likely cost Coca-Cola twenty-five cents to manufacture and ship?  Do we live better with all the health problems associated with soda consumption, not to mention diet soda and the artificial sweetener aspartame?  The little hoodlum and his graffiti pen got me thinking.

Might we have more money and live better by not shopping at Walmart?  Lots of people loathe the place, but can’t seem to avoid it, either because it’s the only store within twenty-five miles that sells boxer shorts, bicycle chains and mini-blinds or because it’s the most affordable option.  In my case, both reasons apply.  It works like a tractor-beam and I’m not being overly dramatic, I’ve studied the physics of it.  I live in a small town.  Last week a brand new Walmart Supercenter held its grand opening here.  Perched on a hill like a stucco fortress overlooking the town, it eclipses the older, regular Walmart that opened back in the nineties.  Oh, you should have been there!  They brought out the spotlights and everything!  From a distance, you may have thought there was a film festival in town or heck, even a monster truck show.  They didn’t even have spotlights for the rodeos that took place over the summer.  Yes, it was the talk of the town:  “Have you been to the new Walmart yet?”  Yeesh.

As I shopped stealthily behind enemy lines, I realized this wasn’t just about Walmart, or soda for that matter.  I shop at Walmart.  I drink Coke.  You might be surprised to learn that I get SNAP benefits on an EBT card and I’m one of the millions of Americans who can’t afford health insurance for my family.  Didn’t you notice this is a free WordPress blog?  Instead of relying on government handouts in the form of food stamps and Obamacare, I would much prefer an occupation that offered a wage to support a family on.  I would like to buy my own health insurance, with my own money.  I don’t want to take from the haves to give to the have nots.

For my parent’s generation it was possible to find an entry-level job with training right out of high school.  All you had to do was show up and work hard; you could move up the ladder, make decent money and retire after forty years with a nice pension.  My folks both got two week paid vacations nearly every year and health insurance too.  It’s not that they worked harder; the opportunity they had as young adults has disappeared for my generation.  My generation has had to go back to college and rack up tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt, in a desperate effort to earn a degree that still doesn’t guarantee a job allowing one to buy a home or put one’s kids through college.  I have a college degree, work two jobs and struggle to put food on the table and keep the power on.  That’s how much this country has changed.

The debate over whether Walmart is a boon or bust to local economies has been raging for years; it’s not exactly news.  The retail chain is notorious for treating its employees like dirt, offering mostly temporary and part-time positions, low wages, crappy benefits, forced overtime, etc.  It’s also not a mystery that a majority of products (especially electronics, toys, clothing and housewares) sold at Walmart are manufactured very cheaply in other countries like China and India where the company can capitalize on cheap labor, cheap components and minimal safety regulations.  Furthermore, because the chain is so large, they have massive buying power, allowing them to rake in more profit by buying already cheaply produced products at bulk discounts.  The Supercenters also offer groceries, which means the grocery stores, delis and bakeries in town also suffer.  Don’t go to Napa Auto Parts for seat covers, go to Walmart.  Don’t go to Safeway for Frosted Flakes, go to Walmart.  Don’t go to Les Schwab for tires, go to Walmart.  And they ad-match too, so even if a local store dares to compete by having a really good sale, forget it.  At Walmart, it’s cheaper and it’s all in one place.  Save money, save time, that’s the mantra.  Some argue that’s a brilliant business model, others say it’s predatory.  What’s the difference?  That’s free-market capitalism, right?  What is not so well known is that Walmart uses billions in taxpayer money in the form of tax breaks, infrastructure assistance, grants and other subsidies to help fund its expansion.

Is saving money the catch-all for a dependent, globalized America?  As a society, we sacrifice a lot for the sake of low prices.  But therein lies the key to Walmart’s success.  Walmart thrives in a poor economy, where people have less and less to spend because wages are so low and good-paying, full-time work is disappearing.  But, they also drive the poor economy, and so do we, by shopping there.  It’s a cycle of dependence.

It’s not that folks who shop specialty marts and boutiques are all trendy snobs, but they can afford to buy all organic, sustainably-grown, non-GMO stuff.  They can afford artisan, hand-crafted, American made products.  The rest of us get cheap, microwavable slop, and vacuum cleaners that stop working after a few runs across the carpet.  I don’t hate the people who have nice homes along the lake.  They are not our enemy.  Perhaps they started a successful business or made smart investments.  Someday, I would love to own a home by the lake and a boat.  In America, that should remain an achievable goal for all, a reminder of the opportunities that exist in our nation.  The globalists want to strip away wealth and opportunity.  They want to nullify success and the values that have made America strong: innovation, ingenuity, determination and hard work.

Walmart is a key molecule in the globalist paradigm.  But Walmart is just one prominent example of how globalism destroys culture.  The landscape of our country is changing, and not for the better.  Not so long ago, individual cities had their own character and style, defined by their signature shops, stores and restaurants.  They were operated by local people, families and small-business owners.  Now, everything is homogenized and corporatized.   You can’t go anywhere in the United States without finding an Olive Garden, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Target or PetSmart.  Often, they’re all lined up together in the same shopping center.

The myth of globalism assures us that interdependence results in a more peaceful, equitable world.  The reality of globalism, however, is subjugation to authoritarian control.  It’s not about nations working together, caring and sharing, it’s about nations surrendering their sovereignty, wealth, resources and culture.  It is the arch-nemesis of liberty and independence.

It should be no surprise then that Walmart serves as the staging ground for economic crisis experimentation. When the corporate controlled government wants to test people’s response to malfunctioning EBT cards (either when they’re rendered useless or when they’re given an unlimited balance, both of which we witnessed last month), Walmart is used to gauge the reaction.  Why?  Because Walmart is everywhere, and they’re still spreading.  If you don’t have one nearby, you will soon.  When Black Friday rolls around this year, Walmart will hire armed guards in some locations and even set up SkyWatch surveillance towers in the parking lot.  Nobody complains.  It’s there to keep everyone safe while assaulting each other over cell phones and Furbys.  When the economy collapses, will the military use Walmart stores as distribution centers for your weekly ration of food, water and clothing?  Of course they will, because they know you’ll be there.


Who Are “They”?

manBe sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.

[1 Peter 5:8]

You may notice I use the pronoun “they” frequently.  Perhaps that’s sloppy journalism.  No problem.  According to Senator Dianne Feinstein, I’m not a real journalist anyways, because I didn’t go to school to earn a degree in Journalism and I’m not employed by a mainstream media corporation.  By this twisted logic, she argues that I’m not protected by the “freedom of the press” clause in the First Amendment of the Constitution.  No problem.  I’m still protected by the “freedom of speech” clause.  Of course this is just one more attempt to weaken the Bill of Rights and further suppress dissenting voices, this time by attacking bloggers and independent media.  Regardless, I do possess a sense of journalistic integrity and I feel obligated to provide as much for my readers.  So who are “they”?  Is Dianne Feinstein among their ranks?

What is a good definition of “they”?  If you happen to listen to Alex Jones, you’ll hear him refer to “globalists” a lot, which is less vague, but I tend to avoid that term. The globalists Alex Jones exposes are not the kum-ba-ya, one-love, utopian types, they’re more like the psychopathic, evil, world-domination types.  When I think of globalists, I think of hippies.  But clearly, “they” are not hippies, or ex-hippies even, although many masquerade as Liberals.  Maybe globalism doesn’t sound threatening enough.

Up until recently I viewed the idea of world government as a necessary and positive progression of civilization; moving away from Nationalism toward a more global, human community.  Once that was accomplished, I figured, the human species could then begin to solve the problems that have plagued us for centuries: war, famine, disease, poverty, etc.  The United Nations was a step in the right direction, naturally.  And, in a few hundred years perhaps we’d inhabit a universe like Star Trek, where these problems are long gone for the human race and what constitutes scandalous behavior is a starship Captain procuring a special vintage of real alcohol, racing off at warp eight to save a doomed planet, defying the Prime Directive of non-interference.  The prognosis?  Grim.  What would it take to unite the world?  An alien invasion?  A global catastrophe?  These are questions “they” have surely considered.

“They” are not the people of the world.  The people of the world have always languished under authoritarian control, in every era, in every place on Earth.  “They” are not strictly the civilian governments or politicians or business people of the world.  “They” are not the rich.  “They” are not the whites.  “They” are not American.  “They” are not you, or me.  “They” are a hard group to identify, but there are clues.  The clues are in their actions.  Their actions reveal who they serve, as enemies of mankind.  In this sense, “they” are individuals and groups of individuals, working surreptitiously to undermine humanity and enslave us for the sole benefit of themselves, and are found operating in all sectors of society.

The enemies of mankind are deceitful.  Often their actions are in direct contrast to their rhetoric.  We find many examples of this in the federal government.  For example, if they really wanted to win the so-called “war on drugs” then they would stop using the CIA to manage the drug trade, importing illicit drugs into the country.  They would legalize marijuana, thereby slashing the power of the drug cartels along the Mexican border.  But the “war on drugs” is too lucrative.  So is the “war on terror” and the innumerable other conflicts being waged around the world.  If they were truly interested in peace and stability, then they would stop supporting unpopular, despotic leaders as long as they are malleable to American interests, and they would stop using radicals to stir up tensions and spark revolts in those same countries when they need to install a new puppet they can control.  “They” play both sides.  The past century is replete with examples of the CIA manipulating political outcomes in other countries: Greece, Iran, Guatemala, Vietnam, Laos, Haiti, Congo, Ecuador, Bolivia, Cambodia, El Salvador, Panama and Iraq- just to name a few.

Little has changed in the twenty-first century.  Our leaders speak about spreading freedom and democracy while systematically toppling democratically elected leaders around the world.  They portray themselves as humanitarians rushing to the aid of the oppressed, while ignoring human rights abuses and genocide.  Why?  Because “they” hold positions of power and influence within the civilian government.  George W. Bush said in remarks about his presidential legacy, “I surrounded myself with good people… I carefully considered the advice of smart, capable people and made tough decisions.”  Even our President is a puppet “they” control.  If you’re not particularly bright when it comes to foreign policy or economics, you merely appoint advisers and “experts” to your Cabinet who make those tough decisions for you.  These “experts” are more accurately cronies– former defense contractors, pharmaceutical and biotech industry leaders and Wall Street bankers- who are not elected by the American people and therefore do not have the American people’s interests in mind.  “They” are totally unaccountable to the people and are frequently behind such legislative monstrosities as the Affordable Care Act, which has little to do with providing affordable healthcare and everything to do with expanding the federal government’s control over our lives.  If they really wanted to help rescue the nation’s healthcare system, the FDA would stop allowing poisons to be added to our food and water supply.  They would stop approving drugs and vaccines that destroy our body’s immune and neurological systems.  They would stop harassing companies that produce natural remedies and doctors who promote nutrition to prevent diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes.  They would stop legislating against home gardens and farmer’s markets.

The list of problems that could be righted by eliminating this corrupt influence is long.  If they wanted to help relieve the pressure on the failing and overcrowded public education system, they would encourage more homeschooling, instead of seeking to ban it in states like California.  If they wanted to bolster homeland security against terrorist threats and foreign invasions, they would encourage the proliferation of civilian militias instead of seeking to limit the Second Amendment and treating American citizens like criminals.  If they wanted to empower citizens against disasters, both natural and man-made, they would encourage self-reliance, survival skills and preparation, instead of targeting preppers and survivalists and building FEMA camps to imprison the population in the event of chaos and civil unrest.  If they wanted to create jobs, they would stop forcing manufacturing companies to leave for China, India and Mexico, and small business growth to stagnate because of draconian federal regulation and taxation.

What do they want then?  Nothing short of complete control.

Call them globalists or authoritarians or criminals.  Call them evil, call them satanic if you must.  But follow the money and examine the legislation they support.  These clues will help identify who “they” are.  The United States government is not the only example of an institution that has been infiltrated.  Many private companies, non-profit organizations, universities, churches and nations of the world are in the grip of corruption.  The myth of the United Nations as a means of achieving global harmony is crumbling.    Standing in the way of their agenda will help defeat them and restore freedom and self-rule to the people of the planet.

Be sober.  Be vigilant.